Payson High School Volleyball
Photo by Andy Towle.
The volleyball battles for team honors wrapped up at last week’s season-ending state tournament signaling the beginning of the pursuit for individual laurels.
They will arrive in the form of the naming of all-section and all-division honorees as voted on by coaches.
Online balloting for all-section players ended yesterday, Nov. 15, and nominations for all-division players begins tomorrow, Nov. 17. The winners will be announced next month.
Traditionally teams with the best won-loss records reap most of the laurels, but the Lady Longhorns, who were 14-13, have several players who should contend for coaches’ votes.
Kaitlyn Wessel, Megan Wessel, Mckenzie Creighton and others should be in the running for the postseason recognition.
Kaitlyn racked up very impressive statistics including 59 kills, 10 blocks and 35 aces. She was a team leader in digs and serve-receiving success.
Megan, Kaitlyn’s twin sister, was equally as successful with 45 aces, 48 kills and a .61 serve-receiving mark.
Creighton, the team’s starting setter, dished out a whopping 473 assists and finished with 10 blocks, 15 digs and 30 aces.
As good as the trio were, there were others on the team whose play might have impressed opposing coaches enough to earn their all-section or all-division votes, or both.
Taylor Randall, a junior, was particularly tough on opponents at the net leading the Lady Horns in blocks with 10. Sydney Samuels, Emma Randall and Shayna Neal shined most of the season as hitters.
In the Snowflake tournament Emma Randall and Neal were particularly tough finishing with 44 and 34 kills respectively.